By on May 26, 2010

This week marked another important step forward for the development of U.S. based automotive battery and electric vehicle manufacturing as Coda Automotive, Nissan and Ford announced plans to build batteries at plants in Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan respectively.

While these facilities only exist as blueprints today, our Brownstown Township battery pack assembly plant has been manufacturing advanced lithium-ion batteries since January, and our Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is currently producing pre-production Chevrolet Volts.

GM VP for global product development Jon Lauckner takes a petty swipe at the competition over at chevroletvoltage.com. First of all, Mr Lauckner, taking petty swipes is our job. Back off. Second of all, are you familiar with the adage that begins with “people in glass houses…”?

I mean, imagine if one of these competitors decided to fight snark with snark, and published a comparison of their EV subsidies to the Volt’s? After GM’s $14.4b Department of Energy ATVM loans arrive, of course. Because when you write that

GM alone is investing more than $700 million in a total of eight Michigan facilities for Volt-related production

it ain’t exactly the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Every American who pays taxes is invested in your EV at this point.

Self-righteousness gets you nowhere when the playing field ain’t level. Just sayin…

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